2019-2020

Events

March 10, 2020 | 1:30-2:30 | Sherman Centre

Walking the Talk: Editing Wikipedia with Purpose

Started nineteen years ago Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites on the Internet, but it’s popularity is not without issue. Editors are predominantly males from the global north which has led to documented systemic bias and a chronic underrepresentation of pages related to equity seeking communities. Drawing on her experience editing Wikipedia through an archival lens, Danielle will challenge the assumption that anyone being able to edit Wikipedia makes it a dubious information resource by positioning the site’s openness as an opportunity to put stated commitments to equity, inclusion, diversity and reconciliation into action through purposeful editing. 

Bio: Danielle Robichaud works in Special Collections & Archives at the University of Waterloo Library. As Digital Archivist she is responsible for managing the creation, management and use of digitized primary resources, and improving the online discoverability of archival holdings. Her professional interests include diversifying historical narratives shared online, challenging status quo attitudes about archival practice, and finding the inner strength to accept digital sunk costs. In 2018 Danielle was awarded the James J. Talman Award by the Archives Association of Ontario for her work related to Wikipedia and the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action.

Supported Events

Canadian Data Curation Forum

October 16-18, 2019.

The Canadian Association of Research Libraries’ Portage Network, in collaboration with McMaster University Library, is pleased to announce that the SSHRC-funded Canadian Data Curation Forum will be held at McMaster University in Hamilton from October 16 to 18, 2019.

The goal of the Forum is to establish a national Community of Practice that will catalyze the development/adoption of data curation1 standards, practices, tools, and skills within and across disciplines and institutions. It will bring together library data specialists, research data managers, and discipline and functional experts from a range of institutions and organizations. The Forum will integrate a variety of keynote talks, discussions, and workshops to with the objectives of a) facilitating communication and collaboration around data curation practices and standards, and b) developing skill and training resources.

Open Access Week

October 21-29, 2019.

Access + Care: Indigenous Knowledges and Archival Practice

Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

This webcast explores how memory workers and communities may respectfully care for and provide access to the many forms of Indigenous Knowledge. It will be an opportunity to hear from Indigenous Knowledge Keepers, Elders, and memory workers and to explore linkages between Indigenous knowledges and Western archival practice. Further information, including the agenda, may be found here. Sponsoring institutions include Deyohahá:ge: The Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic, the Archives Association of Ontario, and the Archives of Ontario.

The webcast runs from 8:30-5:00 p.m. and will be held in the Sherman Centre at Mills Library. Please feel free to drop in at any point during the day.

Digital Scholarship and the Makerspace

Friday, November 1, 2019.

You are invited to a special evening of collaboration with digital scholars and makers in the social sciences and humanities. Digital scholars use digital evidence and methods of inquiry for public and educational use. Digital research projects include a wide variety of products and processes including: software development, 3D modeling and printing, digital pedagogy, visualization, digital storytelling, social media data ethics, and research data management. At this special event for OHASSTA members, The Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster will provide a short introduction to digital scholarship and maker-spaces, followed by a discussion about ways to engage students. Learn how you can create your own maker-space and identify the digital tools, techniques, and methods that best suit your projects!

Special event for the Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association. Presentation and discussion facilitated by Dr. Andrea Zeffiro.